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Voices that Will be Heard: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

‘Voices that Will be Heard’ is a series of book and single image narratives based on real events and detail photographs from textured objects scattered around Aldeburgh in Suffolk. 

The name “Aldeburgh” derives from the Old English ald (old) and burh (fortification), although this structure, along with much of the Tudor town, has now been lost to the sea. In the 16th century, Aldeburgh was a leading port and had a flourishing shipbuilding industry. Aldeburgh’s importance as a port declined as the River Alde silted up and larger ships could no longer berth. It survived mainly on fishing until the 19th century, when it also became a seaside resort. As a popular tourist town it has a thriving artistic as well as festival tradition on which some of my work draws.

Aldeburgh  is currently 'on the edge'  in a number of ways:

- geographically it is extremely vulnerable to encroachment of the sea. Half the land originally occupied by Aldeburgh in the middle ages has now disappeared through both gradual erosion and storm disasters. The sea is currently held at bay with barriers and groynes, but the area is threatened in the longer term by global warming.

- to the North the skyline is dominated by Sizewell nuclear power station - with periodic leaks though none so far serious. The current strategic government focus on nuclear energy and likely development of the new nuclear power station at Sizewell C will lead to profound ecological and economic changes.

'Moot Histories: Aldeburgh written in stone'  is a series of imagined historical vignettes, based loosely on historical 'facts', based on imaginary scenes from iPad photographs of found images in the flint stonework of the Moot Hall, now a museum.'

'A Mermaid's Tale'  is an imaginary narrative about gender violence and mythologies based very loosely on re-reading of local folk tales about mermaids, wild men and sea monsters. Inspired by iPad photographs of found images in wooden boards by the fishing boats along the beach.

''Tangled Tales''  are a series of illustrated fictional portraits of people and life in Aldeburgh developed from photographs, sketches and observation. 

Shifting Landscapes: Creative photography and screenprints of Aldeburgh seascapes and urban landscapes showing the continually changing economic, social and environmental context. 

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